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Ayurveda Academic Chair at Western Sydney University Australia to promote Yoga and herbal medicine

New Delhi – All India Institute of Ayurveda under Ministry of Ayush has signed a MoU with NICM Western Sydney University Australia to appoint an Academic Chair in Ayurveda. The MoU was signed by Professor Tanuja Nesari, Director of All India Institute of Ayurveda, Ministry of Ayush and Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Australia, Professor Barney Glover in presence of Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary Ayush and Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Foreign Affairs of Australia.

The new Academic Chair at Western Sydney University will undertake academic and collaborative research activities in Ayurveda, including herbal medicine and yoga, as well as   design academic standards and short-term and medium-term courses and educational guidelines.

The Ayurveda Academic Chair will be based at Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute, located on the West mead campus with tenure for a period of three years. The appointment of the chair is jointly funded by the Ministry of Ayush and Western Sydney University and anticipated to commence early in 2022.

The Ayurveda Chair at Western Sydney University will also conduct workshops, seminars, conferences on Ayurveda to advocate the safe and effective use of Ayurveda Systems in Australia.

The ayurvdea chair at Western Sydney University will identify in their academic and research programs on Ayurveda the strengths and gaps, will provide tutorials to students and will promote research activities and innovations in Ayurveda in India. It will also aim at providing academic leadership demonstrating and fostering excellence in teaching research and policy development related to Ayurveda, within the robust Australian regulatory frame work and to develop strategies to promote the translation and integration of well evidence based Ayurveda medicines into conventional healthcare.

Professor Linda Taylor Pro Vice Chancellor, WSU Australia and Professor Barney Glover Vice Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University Australia, gave the welcome address and highlighted that this initiative would largely benefit both the countries and will encourage research innovation and collaboration and will also help in developing social and economical development as well as improve the health status of people. In his opening remarks given by the Secretary Ayush Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, emphasized on necessity of the Chair MoU and assured cooperation and support of Ministry of Ayush.

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